Donations for Haiti continue to pour in — now exceeding $275-million — to help pay for food, shelter, and medical care, as well as the longer-term needs of the victims of the massive January 12 earthquake, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.
Also: See a slide show of images from the nonprofit response.
A guide to The Chronicle’s coverage of the Haiti relief effort can be found here.
Sending nonprofit leaders on sabbaticals often helps those executives return to their jobs with renewed enthusiasm, and helps their organizations nurture up-and-coming talent within their ranks, according a new study whose results appear in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
The share of older Americans who are volunteering has held steady since 2003, but they are giving fewer hours per month, and are increasingly likely to volunteer on their own rather than solely through an organization, according to a new survey by AARP, the national membership organization for Americans age 50 and older, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.
American corporations have pledged more than $69-million to post-earthquake relief in Haiti, USA Today reports.
Thirty-four companies have donated at least $1-million, according to a list compiled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civil Leadership Center. Many businesses were also supplying food, water, and technical expertise to help repair communications and other infrastructure destroyed by last week’s magnitude 7.0 quake, reports The Wall Street Journal.
While governments and major aid agencies deal with immediate disaster relief, smaller nonprofit and development groups are reworking existing projects to help Haiti’s long-term recovery, The New York Times reports.
Such efforts include a Massachusetts medical charity, Containers to Clinics, which is re-routing a health center originally planned for the Dominican Republic to the disaster zone. Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, in San Francisco, is using its connections with local entrepreneurs to build small businesses in Haiti.
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A charity co-created by the billionaire and philanthropist Bill Davidson is suing his estate over its refusal to pay most of a $5-million pledge the mogul made before his death, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The claim by Areivim, a New York Jewish organization, is supported by Karen Davidson, the widow of the late Detroit Pistons owner. Mr. Davidson was one of about a dozen Areivim founders who each promised $5-million in 2006, but he had paid only $200,000 when he died last March at age 86.
Estate representatives named as defendants in the lawsuit said in court filings that Areivim had not provided “supporting documentation to establish the claim,” and that the charity’s records indicate that the $5-million pledges are contingent on 20 families making similar commitments.
The Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim Helu has committed $65-million to a new research project to identify the genomic basis of major diseases, according to a statement from the Broad Institute, a partner in the project.
The three-year Slim Initiative for Genomic Medicine aims to speed the development of therapies to prevent and treat cancer worldwide and type 2 diabetes among Mexicans and Latin Americans. The work will be conducted by the Carlos Slim Institute of Public Health in collaboration with Mexican health officials and the Broad Institute, which was founded in 2003 by Harvard, MIT, and the philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to pursue medical advancements through DNA sequencing.
The Annenberg Foundation will begin a new program to provide mentors for the leaders of scores of small Southern California nonprofit and social-services organizations, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Alchemy program is an outgrowth of the Los Angeles foundation’s Leadership Seminars, which advise nonprofit groups on reorganizing and raising money. Organizations that serve underprivileged and minority neighborhoods and have annual budgets of less than $2-million are eligible to participate.
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Cleveland Orchestra musicians and management agreed to a new contract Tuesday night that includes a two-year pay freeze for the players, The Plain Dealer reports.
The deal ends a two-day strike by the musicians, who objected to management’s prior proposal of a one-year, 5 percent pay cut to help close a $2-million budget gap. The new pact keeps salaries at their August 2009 level through August 2011, with players getting semi-annual raises in the third and final year of the contract.
In other arts news, museums are increasingly tapping online audiences to help supplement and shape the direction of their collections, reports The New York Times.
And National Public Radio reports on a spate of recent controversies involving museums negotiating to house major personal collections, such as those of Eli Broad and the late Don Fisher.
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Bill Gates, the world’s wealthiest man, is now sending messages through the popular social-networking site Twitter about his philanthropy, notes Give and Take in its daily roundup of the best blog posts about the nonprofit world.
- Recalling the lessons from the response to the Indian Ocean tsunamis.
- How foundations could do more to assist their grant recipients.
- Why groups should lose the “charity mindset.”
Two charities that provide information about nonprofit groups to donors have create a Web site for people to rate and post reviews of relief organizations responding to last week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, reports Prospecting, The Chronicle’s fund-raising column.
Plus: Fund-raising experts point out potential drawbacks of cellphone giving.